IOC ‘warned’ about Nuz­man 8 years ago

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

AFORMER mem­ber of the Brazil­ian Olympic com­mit­tee has shown the As­so­ci­ated Press let­ters he says he sent to the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee eight years ago that warned against award­ing the games to Rio de Janeiro, and cau­tioned against the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Car­los Nuz­man.

Nuz­man, an IOC mem­ber who headed last year’s Rio Olympics, was held for po­lice ques­tion­ing last week for his al­leged part in a $2 mil­lion vote-buy­ing scheme to land the games in Brazil.

He has not been charged with a crime, and his lawyer says he was not in­volved in any wrong­do­ing.

The cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions come as the IOC met Wed­nes­day in Lima, Peru, and awarded the 2024 Olympics to Paris and the 2028 Olympics to Los An­ge­les.

Al­berto Mur­ray Neto, a Sao Paulo lawyer who served with Nuz­man for 12 years on the Brazil­ian Olympic com­mit­tee but was never a mem­ber of the IOC, warned the­nioc Pres­i­dent Jacques Rogge about in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Nuz­man’s fi­nan­cial con­duct at the Brazil­ian com­mit­tee, and about by­law changes that al­lowed him to main­tain the pres­i­dency.

Mur­ray has long been an outspoken critic of Nuz­man. He also has an Olympic pedi­gree. His grand­fa­ther, Sylvio de Ma­gal­haes Padilha, was a for­mer IOC vice pres­i­dent and an IOC mem­ber from Brazil for al­most 40 years.

Mur­ray said he grew up “idol­iz­ing the Olympics” and has at­tended ev­ery one since 1972. He has also served on Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport, the re­spected ju­di­cial body that rules on sports cases.

“I had been in op­po­si­tion to him (Nuz­man) for want­ing to bring the Olympics to Brazil, and for the way he has dealt money at big events,” Mur­ray said. “To me, spend­ing money on th­ese big events was out of place when there were so many matters like pub­lic health and crime.”

Mur­ray ac­knowl­edged his com­plaints against Nuz­man of­fer only cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence that could gain cre­dence now with the 75-yearold fac­ing le­gal charges.

Mur­ray wrote to Rogge be­fore the IOC chose Rio de Janeiro in 2009 to host the 2016 Olympics. He in­cluded gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments, news­pa­per re­ports, and charts show­ing why Rio was un­suited for the Olympics.

Rogge’s chief of staff Christophe De Kep­per con­firmed to Mur­ray that Rogge had re­ceived the cor­re­spon­dence. He also sent a copy to Nuz­man.

“We have duly taken note of your con­cerns,” De Kep­per wrote in a let­ter that Mur­ray showed to the AP.

Mur­ray said that was De Kep­per’s only re­ply.

“The cor­re­spon­dence you are men­tion­ing re­fer to in­ter­nal matters in Brazil,” the IOC said in a state­ment to the AP. “An­swers were given at the time, pur­suant to the ap­pro­pri­ate pro­ce­dure in place on is­sues fall­ing un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the IOC.

“Sep­a­rately, we would like to clar­ify that the IOC has not the ca­pac­ity to make any crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. There­fore, if any­one brings to our at­ten­tion al­leged crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, he/ she will be ad­vised to con­tact the rel­e­vant law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties,” the state­ment said.

Mur­ray also showed the AP copies of let­ters he said he sent to ev­ery Olympic com­mit­tee mem­ber, in which he wrote that Rio or­gan­is­ers “will never be able to de­liver what they are promis­ing.”

The let­ter re­minded that Nuz­man had or­gan­ised the 2007 Pan Amer­i­can Games in Rio, and warned the Olympics would pro­duce the same over-bud­get fa­cil­i­ties and bro­ken prom­ises that plagued the re­gional games.

“The only legacy that the Pan Amer­i­can Games left was sev­eral law­suits in­volv­ing the use of pub­lic money ... and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the depart­ment of jus­tice,” Mur­ray wrote to the IOC mem­bers.

Rio, which went into to the vot­ing in 2009 as an un­der­dog, de­feated Madrid 66-32 in the fi­nal vote.

– AP

Car­los Nuz­man, pres­i­dent of Brazil’s Olympic com­mit­tee, ar­rives at Fed­eral Po­lice head­quar­ters in Rio de Janeiro ear­lier this month. Photo: AP

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